Research Resources

The Department of Biological Sciences occupies the Wehr Life Sciences Building, where each faculty member maintains a laboratory suite designed and equipped for their particular area of research. The faculty members have international reputations for excellence and are extramurally funded from a variety of sources including the American Heart Association, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Energy.

As a graduate student in biological sciences you will have access to:

  • a bioimaging center with a confocal and fluorescent microscopes.
  • an X-ray diffractometer for macromolecular crystallography.
  • the chemistry department's NMR facility, which includes a 300 MHz NMR with sample changer, a 400 MHz NMR with a micro-flow probe for high throughput screening of protein-ligand interactions, and a 600 MHz instrument with a cryoprobe.  The facility is staffed by NMR laboratory supervisor/staff spectroscopist Dr. Sheng Cai.
  • local collaborations with the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee School of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
  • A qualified machinist and an electronics technician provide excellent custom design and fabrication support for departmental research.

Additional Research and Enrichment Opportunities

Our students will have excellent resources available to them beyond the classrooms:

  • tuition scholarships if participating in summer work in Woods Hole, Mass; at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.; or at a similar laboratory devoted to the study of biological sciences.
  • travel funds when presenting data at conferences and national meetings

Research Partners

The members of the department enjoy collaborative interactions with public and private institutions in the greater Milwaukee area and across the country. Marquette faculty and graduate students have collaborated in research with investigators at Sinai/Samaritan Medical Center, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Medical College of Wisconsin, the University of Chicago, the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Duke University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, and Jackson Laboratory. One research group conducts an ongoing project at Yellowstone National Park in conjunction with investigators from the Water Institute of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.